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How to Draw a Glowing Line in Photoshop

Learn how to create glowing lines from certified trainer Scott Strong of The Training Farm in NYC in this Howcast Photoshop tutorial, part one of two.


Hey. This is Scott Strong, certified trainer from the Training Farm. And today I'm going to show you how to create multicolored glowing lines in Photoshop.

I'm going to start out by creating a new layer. I'm going to call this lines. Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to my path tool and I'm just going to draw a couple of lines in the Photoshop document. I'll start by clicking and dragging. Clicking will set an anchor point. If I drag while I click, it's going to give me bezier handles. Next what I'll do is I'll set another point and that will draw a line in between the two anchor points. So I'm just going to draw some quick lines around the model.

Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to the brush tool. I'm just going to select a brush that is going to serve as the outline for the glowing line. I'm going to start out with something a little smaller than what I have. I'm just going to change the size of it using the left bracket tool, using the left bracket key on my keyboard. Just make it a little bit smaller.

I want to have black and white in my foreground and color with white as the foreground color. Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to go over to the paths palette. I have the work path selected. What I'll do is I'll click this little pull down menu right here and I'll go to stroke path. A little window will come up. It'll ask you what tool you want to use. You want to chose the brush tool. You also want to simulate the pressures. What that's going to do is it's going to simulate the effect of a pen touching the tablet and following the path in the image. I'll hit OK and as you can see the stroke gets a little bit thinner at the edges and thicker in the middle.

I'll return to my layers palette. What I want to do now is I want to mask off the areas that are going to go behind the woman. I'll select a different brush for this. I want a hard brush and I'm going to paint on the layer mask itself. You can tell that the layer mask is selected because it has these little brackets around the edge of the layer mask. Anything that I paint in black is going to become transparent. Anything that still remains white in the layer mask is going to stay opaque.

Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to add a little bit of a glow to this. This is a nice glow, but it's not nice enough. What I'll do is I'll double click in the blank area on the layer palette. That will bring up our layer styles window. I'll select outer glow. This gives a little yellowish glow. I want to give it like a blue look glow. So I'll click in the swatch there and I'll just drag up. Get a blue. Once I'm satisfied, I'll hit OK.

Next what I want to do is I want to expand the size of the glow out a little bit. You can already see it has sort of a light saber effect to it. Maybe I'll change the spread just a tad and I'll hit OK.

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